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Boost aims to accelerate the slates of active producers and enable successful screen businesses to build a feature film slate and move quickly into production.


The NZFC has made finance available until the end of the current financial year (30 June 2017) for successful Boost applicants.

The growth of sustainable screen businesses, already articulated by the Government and the NZFC, is a key aim of the scheme. We want to help businesses grow by producing films that are culturally significant, amazing, original and exciting. If you have plans that could benefit from a funding boost, then we may be able to help.

Successful applicants will either be:

  • an established producer (at least one ‘produced by’ credit on a feature film that has been released theatrically by a distributor) with strong screen production credits AND a slate of up to three reasonably developed feature projects which you hope to accelerate into production;


  • an established successful screen business (active for more than five years and with demonstrable production experience in television, commercials, new media, online or gaming) which wants to establish a slate of up to three feature projects as part of a plan to enter feature film production.

The maximum level of support will be up to $100,000 per application and subject to availability of funds. A minimum of 50% of the funding must be spent on third party development costs. Expenditure is expected to take place over the next 12 to 18 months.

You cannot apply for Boost funding if you are currently receiving Boost funding, if your company is currently receiving NZFC Business Development Scheme funding, or if you are using He Ara Funding and have not yet fulfilled your contractual obligations. However, applications from companies who were successful in round one of Boost funding (July 2015) but who wish to apply for a top up will also be considered, but you must provide evidence of how Boost has helped you so far.

Applicants must include a detailed plan outlining how the funds will enable the growth of their business, proposed key performance indicators (KPI’s) across the period, and intended outcomes by the end of expenditure.

Applications are due at 9 AM on Monday 20 March 2017. To apply, please ensure you have read the Boost Funding – Guidelines for Applicants document in full and fill out the application form and return to us (see download links below).

Applications will be initially assessed by NZFC staff, who will present to a panel comprising two external assessors and the Chief Executive. The panel will make recommendations to the Chief Executive who will make the final decision, under delegated authority from the NZFC Board.

For more information and to submit your application, please contact [email protected]